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Benzodiazepine Detox Tennessee

Benzodiazepine dependence and addiction can consume a person’s life. If you or a loved one are addicted to benzos, it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible. Addiction does not have to be a life sentence.

Professional help is available here at Detox West Tennessee. We are a team of addiction and mental health specialists. We’re passionate about recovery, and we want you to be as well.

At Detox West Tennessee, we use only the latest, evidence-based approaches to addiction recovery. Each client who comes to the center will receive a comprehensive assessment and a medically supervised, expert-led detox program. Detox is the first stage of recovery.

Read on to learn more about how we treat benzodiazepine detox.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription medication. Doctors prescribe them for:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Withdrawal from alcohol use disorder

Benzodiazepines are effective at managing the above conditions and safe when taken under clinical guidelines. They are not a cure for these conditions, but they can significantly reduce the severity of symptoms.

Although benzodiazepines are safe and effective when used appropriately, they are also among the most commonly misused drugs in the United States. According to The Mental Health Clinician, benzodiazepine-related emergency room visits and death tolls have risen significantly in the last decade.

People misuse benzodiazepines when they take them outside of a doctor’s recommended prescription. Some people take benzodiazepines, or ‘benzos’, to help them get to sleep. Others take them to help them socialize due to their anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) properties.

Many people combine benzodiazepines with other drugs, such as alcohol or cannabis. They are also commonly used to help manage the come down from stimulant drugs such as amphetamines or cocaine.

Polydrug use is dangerous. Benzodiazepines slow down activity in the central nervous system (CNS). Drugs with this property are known as CNS depressants. Alcohol is another well-known CNS depressant. People put themselves at a real risk of overdose, coma, and even death if they combine benzodiazepines with other CNS depressants.

Benzodiazepines have a high potential for abuse in those with a personal or family history of a substance use disorder, according to the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Even if misused only a short time, benzos can reshape our neural pathways and drive us to keep taking them.

Eventually, with continued benzodiazepine use, we become dependent. Once we become dependent on benzodiazepines, we feel that we can’t function ‘normally’ in daily life without them. We might no longer be able to sleep without them, or go to work, or spend time with friends and family without feeling stressed and tense, thinking only about taking a benzo.

Once dependence happens, addiction soon follows. Dependence makes us keep taking a substance, and continued use leads to addiction. Once we develop an addiction, stopping use is extremely difficult. If we can’t access the drug for whatever reason, it can feel as though our world is collapsing around us. If we don’t get it, we suffer from withdrawal.

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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Withdrawal from substances with no support is very difficult. For many, it is one of the biggest challenges they have ever faced. It sounds daunting, and it is, but it is a necessary step on the path back to health and independence.

Some of the most common benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Shakes and tremors
  • Anxiety, panic
  • Insomnia, restlessness
  • Nightmares

Many of those struggling are reluctant to go through withdrawal because they know how much pain and discomfort there will be. Still, reluctance and avoidance of what is necessary will only cause further damage to one’s health and well-being, career, and relationships. It may eventually lead to their death. Withdrawal is uncomfortable, but health and normality are on the other side.

Phases of Withdrawal

Benzodiazepine withdrawal is characterized by two distinct phases – acute and protracted. The symptoms vary between these two phases. Detoxification can help clients reduce the symptoms of both phases.

Acute Withdrawal

Acute withdrawal is the first withdrawal phase a person experiences when they enter detox. Symptoms of acute withdrawal mirror the symptoms that benzodiazepines treat, namely anxiety and associated disorders, such as panic and nightmares.

When one experiences anxiety during benzo withdrawal, the brain and body are trying to adapt to the lack of the substance in the body. The result is hypersensitivity, as benzos typically reduce sensitivity. Acute withdrawal can last anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks, depending on the severity of one’s addiction. Other than anxiety, a person going through acute benzo withdrawal may experience:

  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Hyperarousal
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Nightmares, sleep disturbances

Protracted Withdrawal

Symptoms of protracted withdrawal are similar to those of acute withdrawal but are typically less severe. They are a milder form of acute symptoms but last for much longer. Protracted withdrawal can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. The symptoms are less severe because the initial shock to the system – abstinence from the drug – is now less severe. Normal functioning in the brain and body slowly develops.

Symptoms of protracted withdrawal include:

  • Mild to moderate anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Reduced appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced concentration and focus
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability

Benzodiazepine Detox

Withdrawal does not have to be experienced alone. It can be managed and made more comfortable with professional treatment. Here at Detox West Tennessee, we offer a fully medically-supervised detox and rehabilitation program. We aim to help those struggling with benzo addiction overcome their condition. Even if you are dependent or addicted now, it is possible to recover and regain a life of quality and longevity.

Detox is the first stage of addiction recovery. It is crucial for recovery success. Detox, or detoxification, is the process by which the accumulation of toxic chemicals leaves the body. This is an important and necessary requirement for admission into most rehabilitation programs.

In accordance with guidelines from the World Health Organization, we detox our clients under 24/7 medical supervision.

As mentioned, many are reluctant or unwilling to enter recovery due to fear of withdrawal. This fear often stems from others’ stories or one’s own attempt to quit using drugs without professional help. If a person quits a drug such as benzodiazepines without medical support, they are subject to full-blown, intense withdrawal symptoms. In a supervised medical detox, the severity of withdrawal symptoms is significantly reduced.

Doctors and nurses leading the detox program can administer various other medications to help clients get through withdrawal. They can also oversee a tapering process – one of the most effective ways of detoxing from benzos. We gradually reduce the client’s dose of benzos so that the client’s system can slowly adjust to the change. If one were to take high doses and suddenly take nothing, the body would go through an adverse reaction that may require hospitalization. In detox, clients are safe and compassionately supported.

Professional Addiction Support at Detox West Tennessee

If you or a loved one are struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, we are here to help. Please reach out to us today by phone or email to arrange an appointment. We understand the difficulties faced by individuals and their families when addiction takes over.

Our aim here at Detox West Tennessee is to help clients overcome their addiction and regain control of their lives. Ultimately, we help clients restore their health and maintain sobriety after treatment. Recovery is possible with professional help, so please contact us today.

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